tirsdag 19. april 2022

China Fumes as Taiwan Cites Russia-Ukraine War to Urge Stronger U.S. Ties

China expressed opposition on Friday in response to comments from Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen, who cited the ongoing war between Russia and Ukraine as a reason for ties to the U.S. On Friday morning, several U.S. lawmakers, including Senators Lindsey Graham, Richard Burr, Robert Portman, Benjamin Sasse and Robert Menendez, traveled to Taiwan to meet with Tsai and Taiwan's minister of defense, the Associated Press reported. During their meeting, Tsai spoke about the ongoing war between Russia and Ukraine and said that it "has proven that democracies must bolster their alliances."

"Collectively, we can defend ourselves from the threats posed by authoritarian nations that seek to disrupt regional peace," Tsai said in a statement. In response to the delegation traveling to Taiwan, the People's Liberation Army's Eastern Theater Command in China conducted military exercises near Taiwan.